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Sox look distracted in 4-2 loss to Orioles
By Scott Gregor | Daily Herald Staff

Brian Roberts is all smiles after his homer in the seventh inning.

 

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Published: 8/25/2010 9:56 PM | Updated: 8/26/2010 12:08 AM

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Scot Gregor's game tracker

Beckham power: Gordon Beckham homered for the second straight game, this one a solo shot in the seventh inning.

Cell shock: Starter Mark Buehrle allowed 4 runs on 6 hits in 7 innings while losing for the first time at home since June 1.

Special Threets: Called up from Class AAA Charlotte earlier in the day, lefty Erick Threets pitched 2 innings of scoreless relief.

There was the latest chapter in the Ozzie Guillen-Oney Guillen-Kenny Williams feud, more rumors about Manny Ramirez, and roster moves that sent relief pitchers Matt Thornton and J.J. Putz to the disabled list.

Somewhere in there was a baseball game, and the White Sox looked much more distracted than determined in Wednesday night's 4-2 loss to the Orioles at U.S. Cellular Field.

The Sox managed just 5 hits while falling to last-place Baltimore for the fourth time in six games this year. Two of the hits came in the ninth inning, when they scored a run off relief pitcher Koji Uehara.

The White Sox managed just 1 run on 3 hits in 7 innings against Orioles starter Brian Matusz.

"We didn't have that many good at-bats to get to him," manager Ozzie Guillen said of Matusz. "Looking at the game, I guess (he) pitched very well. But I don't think our approach was the best. We had an opportunity early in the game to get something done and we missed some clutch hitting."

Sox starter Mark Buehrle allowed 4 runs on 6 hits in 7 innings.

"Two leadoff walks, and 2 runs scored on that," Buehrle said. "We lost by 2, so I think that explains everything. Obviously you never want to walk guys.

"I hate walking guys. But when you walk the leadoff guy, I don't know what the percentage is of guys who come around and score. But not being a strikeout pitcher and a guy who makes them put the ball in play, more than likely they're going to score."

Peavy update: Jake Peavy was back at U.S. Cellular Field to begin his rehabilitation.

The White Sox starter had season-ending surgery July 14 to repair a detached latissimus dorsi muscle.

"Six weeks removed, it was a nice day to get out of the sling and a day that I have been looking forward to," Peavy said.

"Now I get to start some rehab, start some moving the next six weeks get some range of motion back. I have great use of my hands. I feel great when my arm stays below my shoulder."

Peavy is hoping to be ready to pitch at some point in spring training.

"I'm going to do all I can do," he said. "But I really don't know because there isn't a blueprint."

Roster moves: As expected, relievers Matt Thornton (sore elbow) and J.J. Putz (knee) went on the disabled list Wednesday.

Erick Threets and Lucas Harrell came up from Class AAA Charlotte to take their roster spots.